As the students go through their studies and practises they are tested and for every pass they recieve a magical tattoo that enhances their abilities further. (Tattooed monk dip).
Upon graduating their final test they move into the higher echelon and begin to learn a wide variety of mystical, martial, and magical which will give them an advantage on the battlefield. (Spellsword or Warblade dip)
So ya basically the D&D version of a spartan II. I personally would not play this character but you as for a theme and here it is.